​The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has paid an incredible tribute to the contributions of veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas to Spanish football. Casillas, recently recovered from heart surgery ​after suffering a heart attack while training with Porto.

Millions of tributes ushered in for the legendary goalkeeper after news quickly emerged about his condition.

With the intention of paying their tribute to the ​Real Madrid legend, on his 38th birthday, the RFEF declared that from now on, May 20 will be known as Spanish Goalkeeper Day in honour of their country's 2010 World Cup-winning captain.

"First and foremost, I would like to wish Iker Casillas a speedy recovery, and I would like May 20 to be declared 'Goalkeeper Day'", former goalkeeper Mono Burgos told beIN Sports.

​Marca have reported that it was Burgos' statement which actually prompted the RFEF into creating the tribute to Casillas.

The ​RFEF wished the legendary goalkeeper as it tweeted, "Happy birthday, Iker Casillas! He lifted the 2008 Eurocup, the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Eurocup. And they saved dozens and dozens of goals," wrote the RFEF.


"We have it clear. The 20th of May, Iker Casillas' birthday, should become the Day of the Spanish goalkeeper", thus, the Spanish National Team expressed the importance of Iker Casillas' contribution to Spanish football throughout the years.